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1. Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain for €222 million
At the young age of 25, the Brazilian footballer, Neymar left Barcelona and signed for the French giants, Paris Saint Germain with a transfer fee of €222 million. Playing under the shadow of the football great Lionel Messi, Neymar decided to leave the club.
Neymar has played 31 games, scoring 29 goals for Paris Saint-Germain since 2017. As of 2018, Neymar is named as the third highest paid footballer in the world, earning €81.5m ($95m) for a calendar year along with salary, endorsements, and bonuses.
2. Philippe Coutinho, from Liverpool to Barcelona for £142 million
The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder, Coutinho completed his transfer from Barcelona to Liverpool for £142 million. As he signed for the Catalan side, Coutinho also became the world’s second most expensive signing after his Brazilian teammate Neymar. During his spell at Liverpool, he has played in 152 matches and scored 41 goals for the club and also won the Liverpool FC Fans Player of the Year Award in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 season respectively.
As of November 2018, Coutinho has netted 12 goals in 29 matches for Barcelona. Moreover, he is the member of the team that won 2017–18 La Liga, Copa del Rey, and 2018 Supercopa de Espana.
3. Paul Pogba, from Juventus to Manchester United for €105 million
After proving himself as one of the world’s best central midfielders at Juventus, Paul Pogba moved to his former club Manchester United for then world record fee of €105 million. Since then, the Frenchman has also won the Europa League in the 2015-16 season. So far, the 24-year-old midfielder has smashed eight goals in 42 games for Manchester United winning the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League in the 2016-17 season.
So far, Paul has played 68 games netting 14 goals for Manchester United. His current market value is reported to be around €90 million as of May 28, 2018.
4. Ousmane Dembele, from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona for €105 million
The French international footballer, Dembele was transferred to FC Barcelona with a transfer fee of €115 million for a five-year contract, with his buyout clause set at €400 million. After his signing, he became the joint-second most expensive player along with his national teammate Paul Pogba. Later, he was given the No. 11 jersey that was previously held by Brazilian international Neymar.
As of November 2018, Dembele has scored 7 goals in 28 matches for Barcelona since 2017.
5. Gareth Bale, from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for €100 million
On 1st September 2013, Bale was transferred to Real Madrid with a transfer fee of €101 million. As of November 2018, he has played 137 games, scoring 73 goals for Real Madrid since 2013. Moreover, he is the member of the team that won 2016–17 La Liga, 2013–14 Copa del Rey, 2014 & 2017 UEFA Super Cup along with Marcelo Vieira.